Application & Timeline (MM & DMA)

Send all application and supplemental materials to the Office of Graduate Admission, Northwestern University, P.O. Box 3060, Evanston, IL 60204-3060.

The one exception is that prescreening recordings, composition portfolios and music program requirements should be uploaded during the Bienen School of Music Audition Registration.

Do not mail any materials to the Bienen School of Music. Items that are mailed to the Bienen School of Music will not be returned.

Graduate Application Checklist

Graduate Application Timeline 2018-19

December 1
Final audition via recording due
Early January
Audition or interview confirmations sent
February 7-17
On-campus auditions and/or interviews
Northwestern Admission Decision released
April 15
Enrollment Deposit due


International Applicants

International applicants to Northwestern include citizens of foreign countries in foreign education systems, citizens of foreign countries in the United States educational system, and United States citizens studying abroad. All applicants to Northwestern, international and domestic, apply using the same process and timeline. Northwestern University requires all undergraduate applicants, whether educated in the United States or abroad, to submit the results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Reasoning Test) or; American College Test (ACT) with writing.

International applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. An evaluation of English proficiency includes reviewing all test scores, grades in classes taught in English, writing samples, and comments by recommenders. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit exam results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants who complete 3 to 4 years of their secondary school curriculum in English and score 650 or above on the Critical Reading section of the SAT Reasoning Test are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Northwestern does not accept scores from other English proficiency exams, including the TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (ITP).

See complete requirements for international applicants